Best 5 Duty-Free Airport Cigar Shops

Duty Free Airport Cigar Shops

Looking for a great way to save money on cigars? The next time you’re traveling, head over to a duty-free cigar shop while you’re waiting at the airport. At duty-free shops, you can purchase cigars which are tax-exempt, and you can also access a selection that you might not be able to at home. This is also a chance to browse through regional and limited cigar releases. Not all duty-free cigar shops are on par with one another though; some are excellent, while others are not. Here are 5 of the best duty-free shops. Know another duty free shop with a great selection? Tell us about it in the comments area!

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Gurkha Ancient Warrior

Gurkha Ancient Warrior

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Costa Rica
Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : $6.90 each
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Construction

Launched for the 2005 IPCPR, Gurkha’s Ancient Warrior is still one of their most popular cigars on the market. This medium strength stick is cloaked in a super dark, oily Brazilian wrapper. The wrapper leaf is flecked with numerous raised veins and a bit of tooth. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and nicely rolled with no soft spots. The tapered cap cuts cleanly with my Colibri Slice cutter, leaving behind no shards of filler tobacco.

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CAO La Traviata Animado

CAO La Traviata Animado

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The CAO La Traviata Animado was released in 2009, and is a reincarnation of an old cigar line from over a hundred years ago. The fillers come from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in Pueblo Nuevo, favorite grounds for CAO. The Ecuadorian wrapper is a Habano from Ecuador. The name of the cigar line, “La Traviata,” is derived from the name of an opera by Giuseppe Verdi adapted from an Alexandre Dumas book. It’s a promising selection of tobacco leaves. Let’s see how the blend measures up.

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Trinidad Coloniales

Trinidad Coloniales

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Coloniales (Corona)
Size : 5.2 x 44 (132 x 17 mm)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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Continuing with a newcomer's perspective on cigars, I have selected the Trinidad Coloniales for this review because it's a mid-range Cuban, quite affordable and, at 45-60 minutes, easily digestible for the inexperienced palate.

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Punch Churchill

Punch Churchill

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Churchill (Julieta No. 2)
Size : 148 x 19 mm (7 x 47)
Box code : OCT 2005
Discontinued : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
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Punch is one of the oldest brands comprising Habanos S.A., founded clear back in 1840 in Havana by Don Manuel Lopez. The brand was created with the European market of cigar buyers in mind, and named for the puppet Mr. Punch from Punch and Judy. This particular cigar, the Punch Churchill, was discontinued in 2010, so the only stogies you can find today have been aged several years. My particular box is from 2005 (4 cigars were smoked for this review). Despite the fact that this cigar has been discontinued, you can still find it for a reasonable price online.

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Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto 1

Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : £6.50 each

Today we've got a guest cigar review from our reader Seedeater56, enjoy!

I regularly contribute my own views (as something of a newbie to this pleasure) and I find it interesting how these converge/diverge with those of other readers/contributors. I have contributed to the Montecristo (Open Master, Open Regata and No. 5) and El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme reviews predominantly, but also others.

I would like to share my views on other brands which I sample, mainly drawn from my favourite stockist, Fox's of St James', London. As a newbie, I think I can add something to the experience of other beginners, as reviews can, with time, become quite in-depth (rightly so) but would benefit from sharing a newcomer's take as well.

I am particularly interested in being able to draw out cigars which may suit the palate of the beginner which will include bigger names with less demanding flavours and, crucially, other non-Cuban cigars which, on account of perhaps more modest pricing, may be more attainable on a regular basis.

To this end, I'd like to start with the Fox's new, in-house brand, the Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto 1.

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Cubao No.3

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Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 6 ½ x 38
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Cu-bao – the Taino word meaning “where fertile land is abundant” or “a great place”, made its debut in 2008. It was created by Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa when they were partners in EO Brands. In 2013 Eddie Ortega reintroduced the brand. Cubao cigars are manufactured in Esteli Nicaragua at the My Father factory.

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